Sat.Jan 12, 2013 - Fri.Jan 18, 2013

The Importance Of A Monthly Cadence With Close Friends

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot about Aaron Swartz the past few days. I didn’t know him, but knew of him and have a lot of friends who knew him. I’m still processing it, especially the dynamics around his suicide, and expect I’ll have plenty to say in the coming weeks about depression and entrepreneurship. In the mean time, I thought the USA Today article, Activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide sparks talk about depression , by Laurie Segal, is particularly good.

Top Entrepreneurs Have Follow-up, Not Ideas Alone

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone introduces me to an “idea person,” I automatically jump to the down-side conclusion that this person doesn’t do follow-up. Of course there are people who are great at getting things done, but haven’t had an original idea in their life.

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The Early Stage VC Decision Making Process Infographic

VC Cafe

Interesting infographic from Anna Vital in San Francisco, from the Kickstarter campaign "Becoming an Entrepreneur" Kickstarter campaign. Trying to get inside the mind of an early stage VC investor. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Which Color Converts The Best?


Color is an essential part of how we experience the world. But do colors really matter for conversions? Everything in our world is made up of things that are of various color. Different colors can lift us up, or bring us down.

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The Best Approach To A Board Package

Feld Thoughts

I joined my first board of a company other than mine in 1994 (NetGenesis). Since then, I’ve sat on hundreds of boards and been to a zillion board meetings. I crushes my soul a little to think of the number of board meetings I have sat through that were ineffective, poorly run, or just plain boring.

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Concentrate Mostly On One Company

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator series. A few our entrepreneurial heroes work on more that one company at a time. Steve Jobs (Pixar, Apple), Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX), Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn, Greylock). And we regularly hear of entrepreneurs who are working at companies that acquired their first company who are now working on new companies while still at their acquirer.

7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

We all know that every startup is risky. No risk means no reward. Yet every investor has his own “rules of thumb” on what makes a specific startup too high a risk for his investment taste. You need to know these guidelines to set your expectations on funding.

SaaS Metrics 2.0 – A Guide to Measuring and Improving what Matters

For Entrepreneurs

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it” – Lord Kelvin This article is a comprehensive and detailed look at the key metrics that are needed to understand and optimize a SaaS business. It is a completely updated rewrite of an older post. For this version, I have co-opted two real experts in the [.]. Building for Success SaaS Startup Help customer engagement customer retention SaaS business SaaS churn saas marketing SaaS metrics

The Biggest Facebook Mistakes To Avoid

Mike Michalowicz

We are far past the wild west days of Facebook, yet many users continue to treat it arbitrarily making faux pas after faux pas. Just like you wouldn’t go to a networking event with horrible b.o. and shoving your cards in peoples face, you need to stop doing the virtual equivalent on Facebook.

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Why I’m Off The Grid Today To Reset My Brain

Feld Thoughts

If you are reading this on Friday, 1/18/13 I’m probably doing one of a couple of things right now. The three most likely are sleeping, laying on my couch reading next to Amy , or just hanging out with her. Redesign: a Responsive Global News Site |

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I’m Back. Why I Love January

Both Sides of the Table

It’s January. Happy New Year! My last post was December 17 – nearly a month ago.

Six Steps to Growth: What I Learned as 500 Startups’ Growth Hacker In Residence

Numerate Choir

I just finished up a six month stint as Growth Hacker In Residence at 500 Startups. I want to share a few of my learnings. But before I do that, a couple of things to get out of the way. … Continue reading → Data

A Different Approach to Refreshing Stock Option Grants

Feld Thoughts

Every year in December and January I go through the same cycle for all the boards I’m on. It’s the annual bonus, next year bonus plan, option grant refresh cycle. For many management teams, especially in rapidly growing, or mature companies, it’s an important part of their existence as culturally we’ve oriented compensation, bonuses, and future compensation around an annual cycle. I embrace this – my goal is to help these entrepreneurs and management teams win.

Seed and Later Investments for Startups are Booming

Startup Professionals Musings

The number of startups getting seed funding in 2012 jumped by 65% over the previous year to a total of 1749, according to a recent report by CB Insights. Seed investments” are early stage financings (typically less than $1.5 million) made by either Angels or venture capitalists, or both.

We’re All Junkies with a Need for Speed (Does Your Website Deliver?)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Sometimes there is a simple answer to a problem that is hard to identify because of its obviousness. Why haven’t your leads been converting? Are you marketing methods dull? Why haven’t any of your posts been shared? Is your writing bland?

14 startups we predict will go even bigger in 2013

The Next Web

What if you could invest in any startup on the map right now? It’s an irresistible “what if,” isn’t it?

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Last Chance to Apply to TechStars in NYC

Feld Thoughts

Techstars (Photo credit: Wikipedia). TechStars New York City has just been a great program.

5 Startup Marketing Actions to Impress Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s not uncommon for me to see a startup business plan “mission” to be the “premier brand” for their product, yet their marketing budget in the financials is trivial.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Naming Your Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Coming up with a great name for your business should never be taken lightly. You want something that grabs people’s attention, is easy to remember, has long-lasting appeal, and reinforces your burgeoning brand. This is trickier even than it sounds.

Aaron Swartz: He Inspired Me to Think in Public

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Web pioneer and writer Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday. He was 26. Cory Doctorow’s obit is excellent, and the last sentence in Larry Lessig’s post is incredibly sad. Many know Aaron for his breadth of political, legal, and technology interests and accomplishments.

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Cubelets at CES 2013

Feld Thoughts

A bunch of the companies we’ve invested in were at CES 2013. Modular Robotics , the makers of Cubelets , were at the Eureka Village (where Startup America was).

12 Month Total Online Presence Blueprint

Duct Tape Marketing

I’ve been taking business owners through the beta of my Total Online Presence Program of late and the comprehensive nature of this mindset is certainly reinforcing the overwhelming amount of stuff there is to do online if you are to tap the full potential of building a Total Online Presence.

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GRP Excited to add Sam Rosen to Its Ranks. How Did He Get the Role? Hustle. Here’s the Story.

Both Sides of the Table

I’m very excited to be finally be able to announce that this week we’ve added Sam Rosen to our ranks at GRP Partners in the role of entrepreneurs-in-residence – EIR.

Nurture 5 Top Entrepreneur Success Characteristics

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. In reality, getting there is not a random walk, and requires an understanding of the stages that every business must navigate and the organizational characteristics necessary at each stage.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely


Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard via Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. While I agree that successful company builders usually have a natural inclination to be entrepreneurs, a good education helps polish that apple.

Do Job Specs Matter?

Seeing Both Sides

Today's post is brought to you by my friend, Paul Blumenfeld , a recruiter who is one of the most thoughtful people I know when it comes to hiring processes. Since the topic is so fundamental to the company-building process, I am pleased Paul agreed to share his thoughts.

An Entrepreneur's First Hire Can be the Foundation of Future Success!

Small Business Force

Hiring the first employees in a start-up is an epochal event in an entrepreneur's and a business' life cycle. Like getting your first customer and revenue made you a real business, having employees now makes you a real company.

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“The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get”

Scott Edward Walker

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar. Welcome to our weekly series “ Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.” Each week, we share a favorite video clip to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs.

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6 Ways to Uncover Highly Targeted Referral Prospects

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Matt Anderson – Enjoy! One of the most important elements of getting more highly targeted referrals is to make it EASY for others to open the right doors by being crystal clear about what you want.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

When people can devise their own lifestyle, career, and mobility more than at any other time in history, it’s interesting to ask how a startup can support and encourage its employees beyond a paycheck.

Ways to Distinguish Yourself #218 – Look for Lesson #2

Life Beyond Code

Richard Branson (no introduction needed) shares a story from his early entrepreneur days in his book “ Business Stripped Bare.” ” As most of you know, Richard started his entrepreneurial journey by starting and running the “Student” magazine.

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Negotiating tips summary and links

Taffy Williams

There is not magic wand in negotiating, only hard work!

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